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Maltese-Australian priest attracts Indians through gospel music

Father Rob Galea, a Maltese-Australian priest, attracted over 5,000 Indians on September 9 through Gospel music organized in Goa by the Pilar Music Academy of the Society for Pilar India.

Father Galea is known for his mastery of contemporary worship music and his ability to transform people's spiritual lives through music.

As part of the performance, the priest performed songs from his eight music albums, showcasing his love for music and the message of faith.

Pilar Father Elvis Fernandes, the organizer, said, "Beyond music, Father Galea’s charismatic stage presence and heartfelt words resonated spiritually with the audience, which mostly comprised youth from Goa."

Father Galea said, "My heart is so full; even though my body is tired and I have lost my voice, my heart is filled with gratitude for all the Goans, all the volunteers, and all those who have attended this concert, and I am going to be back because I love you."

Music lovers from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and other Indian cities attended the concert.

Acacio, with Wedgwood, Cielda Pereira, and Elvis Mascarenhas, as well as Joe D Costa, Vinay Coutinho, Zipporah Lopez, and Aileen Saldanha, as well as Shalisha Fernandes and Boney Alex Dias, performed devotional music prior to the priest's performance.

Celeste and Adrian of the Goan singers performed with Father Galea.

As a teenager, Father Galea left Malta for Australia, where he overcame addiction and depression to become a priest.

As a singer, songwriter, and author, he has eight musical albums on his resume, and his book 'Breakthrough' is set to be adapted into a Hollywood film in 2025.

On September 10, Father Galea and the Pilar Fathers celebrated Mass. Following Mass, there was a discussion about music and spirituality.

Additionally, Father Galea visited Goa's Old Goa Heritage Church Complex, exploring the cultural and spiritual heritage of the state.

He visited Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa and Daman, and attended a Mass feast in the church of Penha de Franca.


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